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COVID-19 Procedures

At James River Day School, the administrative team and teachers have worked hard to get the school ready for the fall. We hope the following resources will be of assistance to our school community.
  • Please do not send your child to school if they have symptoms of any illness. Inform the School Nurse about any illness or absence. (Maegen Mace may be reached at 434-384-7385 during school hours or by email at mace_m@jamesriverdayschool.org.) If a student exhibits any COVID symptoms or comes into close contact with an individual who is presumptive positive or who has tested positive for COVID, the student should not come to school and should consult with a health care provider.
  • Illness during the school day. To maintain the health and safety of our community, students developing a fever (100.4 degrees or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, evidence of lice, or other signs/symptoms of contagious illness, including COVID-like symptoms, must be picked up from school as soon as possible by a parent/guardian or designated emergency contact and remain at home for treatment and recovery. Students will be isolated from others while at school awaiting their ride home.
  • Your child must stay home for 14 days and quarantine from the time after the last exposure even if the initial COVID test is negative.
  • Check and document temperature daily and watch for symptoms of COVID, including breathlessness, cough, sore throat, new onset muscle pain, new onset headache, loss of smell and/or taste.
  • Stay away from family members and people who are deemed high-risk for COVID.
  • Siblings should stay physically distanced and should be monitored but do not need to stay out of school unless symptoms develop at which point medical evaluation would be warranted.
  • According to the CDC, close contact, or exposure, is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. Our Virginia Department of Health (VDH) representative will assist us in identifying who will need to quarantine due to a COVID exposure.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must report the diagnosis immediately to the School Nurse to facilitate tracking of exposed students and staff for quarantine.
  • VDH will be notified and will be responsible for community contact tracing. Families may be contacted by VDH as well as the School Nurse for contact tracing.
  • All information and records will be confidentially obtained and secured.
  • The student should isolate in a designated area at home, away from family members while awaiting test results or until fully recovered.
  • Siblings should follow the exposure protocol listed above.
Students may return to school only after strict adherence to CDC guidance about “when it is safe to return,” which includes:
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
  • AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Please take a look at our Reopening Plan below. In some browsers, you may adjust the view by using the options in the dark gray bar above the magazine.
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What steps is James River taking to keep my child, our family, the faculty/staff, and extended community as safe as possible?
1) Doing temperature checks each morning for students and faculty/staff.
2) On campus, all persons are required to wear masks, but it doesn't stop at the end of the school day. We are asking all persons connected to the school to wear masks whenever in public or in contact with others.
3) Social Distancing: We all know what it is. Stay six feet apart and if circumstances prevent staying 6 feet apart, stay as far apart as is possible to do. This applies at school and whenever in public or in contact with others.
4) Cleaning, Cohorts, and more: These are covered in more detail in the Reopening Plan shown above.
What digital tools will teachers and students use?
Kindergarten and first grade will continue to use SeeSaw for classroom communication.
Second through eighth grades will use Google Classroom. James River's faculty and staff have trained extensively to make best use of this technology.
Other Questions?
Feel free to reach out to your child's teacher(s) or Mr. York.
Helpful Information
Prior Email Communications from the School
Google Classroom Tips
ZOOM Meeting Tips
(Thank you, Nancy Hardison for this instructional video.)
Link to Accelerated Reader Tests
Other Helpful Websites
  • Understood.org has helpful articles for families during this unique time, such as: 
    • Apps to Help Kids Stay Focused
    • Managing Anxiety
    • GoNoodle Channels
Academic Extension Materials for middle school students are listed in the PDF attached below.